CASTELLAMONTE

Castellamonte is a little middle age town located in the South of Canavese. It is famous for the production of ceramics and potteries, and for the exhibition and market organized each year during last week of August and the first week of September. The Castellamonte stoves are famous all over the world.

Monuments of the little town are: The Romanesque Church Tower of the 11th century restored in the 19th century; the Baroque Churches of St Rocco and St Bernardo; the Palace of Castellamonte Counts and Palace of Botton Counts. (Palace of Botton, Marconi place. Visits from 3,30 pm to 7,30 pm; closed on Wednesday, admission ticket).

In center town is unusual the Rotonda Antonelliana, as the unfinished basilica planned by Antonelli, the famous architect of the 19th century. In the original project the basilica must reproduce the San Pietro Basilica in Rome. A lack of money caused the end of the building works.

Approach: motorway Aosta-Torino, exit Ivrea; the motorway connection to Milano is before the town of SanthiÓ.